Schoolchildren delighted at refurbished park

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty at Loughbrickland Play Park with St Francis' PS pupil Anna Brolly. �Edward Byrne Photography
Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty at Loughbrickland Play Park with St Francis' PS pupil Anna Brolly. �Edward Byrne Photography

There were smiles all around when pupils from St Francis Primary took a break from lessons and joined Lord Mayor, Councillor Julie Flaherty, at the official opening of the newly refurbished and much enhanced play park in Loughbrickland.

With the completed project featuring an extensive range of brand new state of the art play equipment suitable for children of all ages and abilities and creating a stimulating new play park with a separate junior and senior section, pupils were suitably impressed with the end result.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty  Re-Opened Loughbrickland Play Park.St Francis' Primary School pupils Cliodhna McEvoy and Caitlin O'Neill. �Edward Byrne Photography

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty Re-Opened Loughbrickland Play Park.St Francis' Primary School pupils Cliodhna McEvoy and Caitlin O'Neill. �Edward Byrne Photography

As part of the ongoing implementation of its play strategy, the council has spearheaded a multi-phase rolling refurbishment programme which has seen eight play parks in the borough benefit from a major makeover since May – bringing the total investment in high quality, well-equipped, fully inclusive and safe play parks to a staggering £650,000.

Speaking at the official opening, Lord Mayor Councillor Julie Flaherty said, “Thanks to an investment of £100,000, outdoor play provision in the village is now on a par with other upgraded sites across the borough. In addition to providing contemporary new play equipment, brightly coloured safety surfacing has been installed and fencing has also been erected to secure the site.

“Of course, credit must go to members of the local community and school children who engaged with us during the design process and gave their views on choice of play equipment.”

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty  Re-Opened Loughbrickland Play Park with help from St Francis' Primary School pupils Aisling Burns and James McSherry, included is Gerard Houlahan Deputy Director of Recreational Services Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council . �Edward Byrne Photography

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty Re-Opened Loughbrickland Play Park with help from St Francis' Primary School pupils Aisling Burns and James McSherry, included is Gerard Houlahan Deputy Director of Recreational Services Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council . �Edward Byrne Photography

St Francis' PS pupils Aoife McGrath and Eve Walsh held the ribbon for Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty at the  Re-Opening of Loughbrickland Play Park. �Edward Byrne Photography

St Francis' PS pupils Aoife McGrath and Eve Walsh held the ribbon for Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty at the Re-Opening of Loughbrickland Play Park. �Edward Byrne Photography

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty  Re-Opened Loughbrickland Play Park.St Francis' Primary School pupils Anna Campbell and Anna Cunningham. �Edward Byrne Photography

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty Re-Opened Loughbrickland Play Park.St Francis' Primary School pupils Anna Campbell and Anna Cunningham. �Edward Byrne Photography

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty at the  Re-Opening of Loughbrickland Play Park, Gerard Houlahan Deputy Director of Recreational Services, Alderman Jim Speers, Cllr Seamus Doyle and Cllr Kevin Savage. �Edward Byrne Photography

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty at the Re-Opening of Loughbrickland Play Park, Gerard Houlahan Deputy Director of Recreational Services, Alderman Jim Speers, Cllr Seamus Doyle and Cllr Kevin Savage. �Edward Byrne Photography

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty  Re-Opened Loughbrickland Play Park with help from St Prancis Primary School pupils, included are Gerard Houlahan Deputy Director of Recreational Services, Alderman Jim Speers, Alderman Junior McCrum, Cllr Seamus Doyle and Cllr Kevin Savage, Grace Boyd and Graham Stevenson (Garden Scapes), Seamus Feighan and Martin Gilpin (Farrans), St Francis' PS Principal Donal McNally  and Council Staff Joan Noade, Paul Hanna, Brian Orr, Michael Ruddy and Gary Daly. �Edward Byrne Photography

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty Re-Opened Loughbrickland Play Park with help from St Prancis Primary School pupils, included are Gerard Houlahan Deputy Director of Recreational Services, Alderman Jim Speers, Alderman Junior McCrum, Cllr Seamus Doyle and Cllr Kevin Savage, Grace Boyd and Graham Stevenson (Garden Scapes), Seamus Feighan and Martin Gilpin (Farrans), St Francis' PS Principal Donal McNally and Council Staff Joan Noade, Paul Hanna, Brian Orr, Michael Ruddy and Gary Daly. �Edward Byrne Photography

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty  Re-Opened Loughbrickland Play Park. St Francis' Primary School pupils Jimmy McGrath, Cillian Muckian, Daniel Savage, Dylan Doyle, James McCoy, Daniel McCamley, Adam McSherry, Oisin O'Reagan, Daniel McKernan, Sean Devlin and Conor McQuaid. �Edward Byrne Photography

Lord Mayor, Cllr Julie Flaherty Re-Opened Loughbrickland Play Park. St Francis' Primary School pupils Jimmy McGrath, Cillian Muckian, Daniel Savage, Dylan Doyle, James McCoy, Daniel McCamley, Adam McSherry, Oisin O'Reagan, Daniel McKernan, Sean Devlin and Conor McQuaid. �Edward Byrne Photography